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Newsletter 58 – November/December 2010

Welcome to the winter edition of In Equilibrium

This edition is a busy one which:

  • offers a handy tip on how to re-charge your batteries
  • has a valuable Ask the Expert feature
  • details how to access a new guide which explains what the law says about work related stress
  • gives you the opportunity to receive a complimentary early Christmas present with our best wishes

Bet you want to read on now…!

In Equilibrium News

Training using Actors

We can provide actors who very effectively demonstrate good and bad practice and encourage participants in solving common problems.  Clients regularly request this approach for our Prevent Bullying in the Workplace courses but it can be successfully used to illustrate generic or client-generated scenarios on many other courses.  If you would like further information about this option, please contact us.

Treasure Hunt Competition We’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who entered our latest competition.  There was only one entrant who answered every clue correctly and therefore our prize and congratulations go to Geoff Painter.

View our full list of courses here


Early Christmas Present! We thought that with all the misery of the Spending Review, you may appreciate someone giving rather than taking.

So Father Equilibrium has decided to offer our readers some relaxing little foam chairs in which to sit your mobile phone.  If you would like to receive one, please email [email protected], your name and address and we’ll get one sent off to you as long as our stocks last!

Stress Management Tip

In this edition we offer a tip which will hopefully come in handy at this time of year, a quick and pain free way to re-charge your batteries!

Ask The Expert

This edition’s question relates to how you can regain balance in your work and home life in order to ensure that you perform at your best at work whilst still being able to enjoy the other aspects of your life.

Question I work long hours and even when I get home I can’t switch off.  I’m too tired to do any of the things I used to enjoy, even going out or seeing friends.  I feel that my family are being affected by this situation.  What can I do to get my work/life balance right?

Answer This edition’s question has been answered by Dr Anita Levinson, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who has been writing and delivering training courses in various aspects of managing stress for over 20 years.  Anita suggests how you can harmonise your work and home life in order to develop an enjoyable, rounded lifestyle.

Find out more about Dr Anita Levinson and the courses she delivers by viewing her profile


Work-related Stress : What the Law Says
This new guide (supported by CIPD, HSE, Acas and Health, Work & Wellbeing) summarises employers’ legal duties to reduce work-related stress impacting on employees’ health.  It is a starting point to help understand the legal requirements and suggests actions employers can take to help by not just complying with the law but by improving the working conditions for all employees.

At In Equilibrium we are constantly striving to ensure all our training courses are kept up to date with regards to both legal changes and HSE recommendations.  Please feel free to contact us for any further clarification you may require.

The Wellness Imperative : Creating more effective organisations
This paper looks at new research which suggests that wellness can play an important role in employee engagement, organisational productivity, talent retention as well as creativity and innovation.  It concludes those organisations that make wellness central to their business strategy are more likely to boost productivity, drive business performance and realise their core strategic goals.

Leading for Engagement: How Senior Leaders Engage Their People A link to this report is given under the first item in our News from the Outside section below.

Amanda’s Column

Amanda read recent articles about mothers favouring their sons with a certain amount of amusement as they came at a challenging time for her.


“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”
Anton Chekhov Russian Short Story Writer, Playwright and Physician (1860 – 1904)

“You’ll never find time for anything. If you want the time you must make it.”
Charles Buxton English Brewer, Philanthropist, Writer and MP (1823 – 1871)

News from the Outside

A true recipe for success
It’s not often that you read an article about engagement, marriage and multiple affairs which makes you think the author’s got it right … but we aim to bring you the unexpected!  An entertaining article which looks at the value employee engagement can bring to an organisation.

Details about our own one day Engagement course can be found here

If you’re happy and you know it raise your hand?
The controversial decision by a school head to include happiness classes as part of the curriculum was initially greeted with negativity.  Four years later and the school are running workshops for the parents to let them have a taste of the well-being and positive psychology tutorials their children have been experiencing.  For one journalist’s verdict …

Companies are struggling to fill their leadership pipelines and plan future workforce needs
A new report has been published which is part of a broader online survey of over 5000 HR and Business Executives from 109 countries.  The respondents to the survey highlighted that the 4 critical topics of the 21 surveyed were managing talent, improving leadership development, strategic planning and employee engagement.

What doesn’t kill us…
A new report entitled “Whatever Does Not Kill Us: Cumulative Lifetime Adversity, Vulnerability and Resilience” is due to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  It looks at whether there is any proof in Fredrich Nietzsche’s quote “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”.

… and finally …

It’s something that you can do on your own, or socially; can learn to be good at very quickly; and is being used at teambuilding events everywhere.  What is it?

In-house course details

Managing Difficult People

Bullying and Harassment : Raising Awareness

Employee Engagement

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. May we take this opportunity to thank you for your interest throughout the year and, as ever, welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

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